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Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE)

Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a viral infection spread by tick bites. Ticks infected with the virus are found in parts of Europe (including the UK) and Asia. In the UK, the risk of getting it is very low.

Common Locations
Where is This Virus Found?

Ticks have a natural habitat in forests and open grasslands, but it’s not unusual to encounter them in urban parks and home gardens.

In the United Kingdom, a limited portion of the tick population is infected with the TBE virus. Hence, getting bitten by a tick doesn’t necessarily mean a high risk of severe illness.

Most of Europe, including the UK

Parts of China

Parts of Japan


Common Symptoms of tick-borne encephalitis

Here are three symptoms to help recognise the disease




Aches & Pains

Feeling Sick

Fitting (Rare)

The vaccine for travellers

If you’re planning to visit a country where tick-borne encephalitis is prevalent and intend to engage in outdoor activities during your stay, it might be wise to get vaccinated.

Receiving two doses of the vaccine offers protection for roughly a year. Opting for a third dose can extend this protection to around three years.

Ensure that you get the initial dose a minimum of one month prior to your travel date.

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Additional Information

Two doses of the tick-borne encephalitis vaccine offer approximately one year of protection. To extend this protection, a third dose can be taken, which provides coverage for about three years. It’s crucial to receive the initial dose at least one month before any potential exposure.

Book now for your vaccinations at Hayshine Pharmacy!

Our specialist pharmacists ready to help you stay healthy, whether at home or away.

Come and visit us for some friendly advice, or give us a call on 020 8303 3616.

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